Best cheap eats: The sandcastle shortbread cookies from Black and Blanco are inspired by ghoriba, a Moroccan cookie, and come in flavors such as vanilla sprinkled with black sesame seeds and maple topped with crushed pumpkin seeds.
Best cheap eats: The Chinese hamburger with pork at Panda Dumpling House features a dense bun that’s griddled, split side to side and stuffed with sweet chunks of slow-cooked pork belly slathered IN a tangy-sweet Asian barbecue sauce.
Best cheap eats: The pork sticky rolls from Northern Spy on the High Line combine a soft pinwheel of yeast dough with hunks of slow-cooked, cinnamon-spiced pork. Before it’s served, the dish is heated and topped with a glaze fortified with maple and Dijon, plus parsnip icing.
Best cheap eats: The $20 prix-fixe menu at 606 R&D features an appetizer, main course, two sides and dessert. Recent meals have included crisp-skinned and juicy rotisserie chicken with baked mac and cheese.
Best cheap eats: For the brisket taco at Güeros Brooklyn, grass-fed beef is cooked low and slow with beer, cumin, jalapeños and other seasonings, then tucked into a griddled house-made flour tortilla and garnished with shredded Cabot cheddar, tomatillo salsa, onions and soft roasted poblano peppers.
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